The Black Bull: Banquet Hall Located at 1124 Guelph Line, Burlington

– Unless otherwise stated! Be sure to check events for alternate venues.

– Can’t find us? Ask the Black Bull staff where the slam is! They’ll be happy to point you in the right direction!

3rd Thursday of every month.  Sign-up is @ 8pm with Open Mic and then Slam to follow

For smoking hot poetry!

A cover charge $5 (Only $5???) goes towards paying for the feature performer and prize money for the winner of the slam.

As always we’ll have an Open Mic for any and all types of performance; bring your guitar, your songs, your stand-up, your rants and ragtime show tunes – it’s all about getting it out there!  Or you can always sign up for the slam, see if you have what it takes to reign supreme, and take home the cash prize.


Thursday, April 16th
Burlington Slam Project FINALS! feat. Holly Painter


Holly Painter


It’s FINALly here! The moment where everything comes together and smooshes and smashes and splits and splorts all together into a bit mess of poetry and emotional goo!

This is gonna be the slam where we decide Burlington’s 6th poetry team! And the competition this year is FIERCE!

We have some special rules for finals! It will be a THREE ROUND SLAM! There -will- be eliminations each round! Numbers for eliminations will be posted as soon as all slammers have confirmed or declined their positions in finals!

Also – it’s time to mention our handicaps system! Every year, poets earn points by slamming at BSP. They earn extra points by placing within the top 5. 5 points for 1st, 4 for 2nd, etc… These points DO have a purpose, in that they help us determine our handicap scale for each year. Check your standings, and find which number corresponds to you. These handicaps will be applied ONLY to the first round of scoring. The night’s scores will be cumulative as usual. This system is meant to support both regular attendance and excellence in our competition. Those who come out more often and place well have a better chance at making the team, and less of a chance of being knocked out by some of the arbitrary happenstance that we see in slam from time to time. (I’m lookin’ at you, score-creep!)

This year, the scale will be as follows:

0-5 points = -2.0
6-10 points = -1.5
11-15 points = -1.0
16-20 points = -0.5
21+ points = 0

All clear? Great!

So far, the list of confirmed slammers are:

Dan Murray – 21pts – No handicap
Bassam – 17pts – 0.5 handicap
Tomy Bewick – 14pts – 1 handicap
Sebastian – 13pts – 1 handicap
Crowe – 13pts – 1 handicap
Mind The Gap – 9pts – 1.5 handicap
Korey – 9pts – 1.5 handicap
Aly – 6pts – 1.5 handicap
A-Rock – 6pts – 1.5 handicap
Sean – 3pts – 2 handicap
Melyssa – 2pts – 2 handicap
Jaded – 2pts – 2 handicap

Everyone is confirmed!

Now…is that enough information?


We’ve got a stellar feature for our finals night as well! All the way from jolly old London (Ontario), we’ve got slamsation HOLLY PAINTER!

A spoken word artist, public speaker, and certified teacher, Holly Painter is passionate about sharing her stories, inspiring youth, and advocating for important causes through poetry.
Holly has spoken to over ten thousand students at school and community events across Ontario, has performed at four national spoken word festivals, and is a three-time Grand Slam Champion and Director of the London Poetry Slam.
Website: www.hollypainterpoetry.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hollypainterpoetry
Twitter: @HollyPoetry

Bring a fiver and a friend! Come help us keep score, keep time, judge, we need audience and all sorts of volunteers! Tell EVERYONE! If there’s ONE slam you come to this year, MAKE IT THIS ONE!

Hope to see y’all out!

  1. Freddie Krueger

    thank you SO much for useing that picture for your wedsite :) it means alot to me and i will be sure to atend the next slam :)

  2. I’m excited to see David Perez on July 21st!

  3. where is the October slam and who is featuring?

  4. KATALOG Issue 4: DIALOG
    Submission Deadline: November 11, 2011

    Language consists heavily of body, sound and text. We are looking for performance which uses the spoken voice and which pushes our understanding of language and communication. KATALOG is a performance based online publication that has the ability to include both video and sound. We are looking for submissions for an upcoming issue called DIALOG. In this issue of KATALOG we are seeking both traditional and loose ideas of the performance of spoken word.

    You can send your documentation / creations / writings / questions to submission@cccponline.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    To view past issues of KATALOG please visit http://katalog.cccponline.net

  5. Great Article. You do a good job. I appreciate it.

  6. I would strenuously urge people to catch Christian Drake. He is truly remarkable.

  7. If someone could shoot me an email, I would greatly appreciate it because I have a few questions about The Burlington Slam Project
    Thanks so much! :)

  8. Had an amazing time last night… was my and my friend’s first time out and we really enjoyed ourselves! So much talent in southwest Ontario!

    I especially enjoyed P.O.E. (winner) and Bawsome (not sure if I got his name right – 3rd place). In his 1st performance, a couple lines of Bawsome’s slam LITERALLY gave me chills and made the hair on my arms stand up!!! Visceral!

    • thanks for coming out Esther – glad to hear that you had a good time!
      please help us spread the word – we’ll do it again on the 3rd Thursday of November with a different feature artist and a new line-up of slammers vying for that top spot and $100 cash prize.

  9. Hi there,
    I was wondering.. Are your poetry slams available to audiences of all-ages?

    • Dan(AKA Dan Murray(AKA Dan))

      Yes, Katie, they are! We like to advice a bit of discretion – as there is no censorship on our stage, so poets can be found discussing topics of a sensitive or more mature nature, as well as using foul language, but we put no restrictions on age at our shows, or on our stage.

  10. If you want to perform a poem can you just show up and sign up the night of the event? Are there any requirements to be met?

    • Yup, just show up the night of the slam and when the host calls for sign up go put your name (or an alias) down on the list.

      There are no requirements. But if you want to compete in the slam there are some rules. If you find a little daunting then you might want to consider the open mic

  11. Hey! Around what time will Slam go until on Thursday evening (Aug 21)?

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